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Joel

Australia | Member Since 2011

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  • 5 reviews
  • 18 ratings
  • 108 titles in library
  • 19 purchased in 2014
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  • Marque and Reprisal: Vatta's War, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Moon
    • Narrated By Cynthia Holloway
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (450)
    Performance
    (256)
    Story
    (261)

    Although the exciting military career she hoped for never got off the ground, Ky Vatta ended up seeing plenty of combat when she took the helm of one of the commercial transport vessels in her family's fleet...and steered it into a full-blown war. Now the lessons she learned in that trial by fire are about to pay off---because this time, the war has come to her. Someone has launched a full-throttle offensive against Vatta Transport Ltd., Ky's father's interstellar shipping empire.

    Charlie says: "Vatta's War Gets Deadly"
    "Improved Narration, not much different story"
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    This being book 2 of the series you would expect an improvement on the writing, as often happens in series, this is partially true in this instance. the use of "he said", "she said" has diminished to a large degree to be replaced by context identifiers, however the story often has large descriptive sections where very little appears to be happening. these descriptive points are mostly useful to the overall story, but surely could be descibed in a more interesting way or in smaller chuncks.
    The performance in this book is greatly improved from the first. Different characters are better seperated by voices, and the female narrator does not attempt to do voices that in the first book sounded terrible.
    If you were greatly dissapointed in Book 1, I would recommend stopping while you can. if you could cope with it then continue and enjoy.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Skinny Dip

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Carl Hiaasen
    • Narrated By Jeff Harding
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (28)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (16)

    Joey Perrone is a woman with a mission. She's just been pushed overboard from a cruise liner by Chaz, her scumbag husband, and survived to tell the tale. But rather than reporting the crime to the police, she decides to stay dead and instead of getting mad, get even. Filled with a host of endearingly offbeat characters, and a narrative that is hilarious, romantic and thought-provoking by turns, Skinny Dip takes us on a journey through the warped politics of southern Florida.

    Joel says: "One of the American Greats"
    "One of the American Greats"
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    Performance
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    I am not one much for American authors, but Carl Hiaasen is a great writer. Combined with a fantastic narration this audiobook is well worth the effort to listening too. After listening to this audiobook my wife has been fired to read other books by the author as well as pressuring me to get another Hiaasen audiobook.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Hallowed Hunt

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Lois McMaster Bujold
    • Narrated By Marguerite Gavin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (622)
    Performance
    (252)
    Story
    (255)

    The half-mad Prince Boleso has been slain by a noblewoman he had intended to defile. It falls to Lord Ingrey kin Wilfcliff to transport the prince to his burial place and to bring the accused killer, Lady Ijada, to judgment. The road he travels with his burden and his prisoner is fraught with danger. But in the midst of political chaos, magic has the fiercer hold on Ingrey's destiny, and Ijada herself may turn out to be the only one he dares trust.

    Rose says: "Magic and Kingship in the Land of the Five Gods"
    "Excellent story"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Bujold once again excels herself ina great story that has well developed characters in a fantastic cultural setting.
    Set in the same world as Curse of Chalion, this book takes a different angle from previous books in this world by looking at a country that has been 'invaded' by the five god religion. It develops the hidden costs of using religion in perverted ways, and the reader soon finds themselves in the depths of a fictional theology. Bujold is excellent at developing this side of a story that other authors fail at, and it is a skill worth reading.
    The narration is reasonable, and does not distract from the story. As in past Bujold books her use of long and unusual English words sometimes means the narrator mispronounces one or two, but this once again is not distracting to any degree.
    This is a definate listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Trading in Danger: Vatta's War, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Moon
    • Narrated By Cynthia Holloway
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (702)
    Performance
    (389)
    Story
    (393)

    The first of the acclaimed Vatta's War books, the exciting military science fiction series that features a swashbuckling spaceship-captain heroine who mixes commerce with combat.

    L'Aura says: "Highly Recommend"
    "Better to read than to listen."
    Overall
    Performance
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    This story is an interesting story purely from a developed fictional construct. The world and characters are well developed and very detailed, however, the writing in this story is somewhat dismal especially when read out loud. The most common example is "she said" and "he said" constantly with little variation. The author does not use tact to direct the reader an is instead blunt. This bluntness does not work with spoken word and so becomes annoying.
    The narrator is decent enough, but suffers from lack of voice diversity. this is not too much of a problem except when dealing with deep voices which can sometimes sound broken.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Curse of Chalion

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Lois McMaster Bujold
    • Narrated By Lloyd James
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2138)
    Performance
    (946)
    Story
    (954)

    Amidst the decaying splendor and poisonous intrigue of Chalion's ancient capital, Cazaril is forced to confront not only powerful enemies but also the malignant curse that clings to the royal household, trapping him, flesh and soul, in a maze of demonic paradox, damnation, and death for as long as he dares walk the five-fold pathway of the gods.

    Terri says: "What makes a hero... LMB knows"
    "Excellent story, narration needs work at times"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Curse of Chalion is a fantastic story that benefits from something that most fantasy books fail t develop on, religion. The intricacies of a fictional theology wind its way through society to develop a story that enters in the very weavings of each person's life to make it feel more real and more personal. Bujold has mastered a world that opens up your mid to a new culture filled with characters that entertain well.
    The narration for this audiobook is well done if you can get past the parts where the narrator speaks fairly quickly. This is most evident in the first few paragraphs of the book. This problem arises occasionally through the narration, but to James' credit he does do well in the quoting parts containing discussions. If English is not your first language I don't recommend this being good for you or you will be having trouble.

    Overall I highly recommend the story, it kept me up late at night listening to it, and I am sure it will you too.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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